Edo govt makes COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for National Sports Festival

The Edo state government has listed a number of guidelines that will be followed in preparation for the 20th edition of the National Sports Festival scheduled to take place in Benin city from April 2 to 14, 2021

A statement signed by deputy governor, Philip Shaibu, who is the chairman of the local organising committee, reads in parts:

“The athletes and officials are to take Covid-19 vaccine at least 12 days before arrival for the festival and the Games Village is to open on April 2.

Participants including officials are to present certificates and documentation of Covid-19 tests and vaccination before they can be admitted into the Games Villages in the state”.

The statement also revealed that the National Sports Festival Torch of Unity will arrive Edo State on April 3 to tour the 18 local government areas. It will be received at the main bowl of Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium on April 6 by governor Godwin Obaseki who will lite it up.

Officials of the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, will arrive Benin City at least 4 days to the commencement of the festival, to monitor compliance with Covid-19 safety guidelines.

All non-pharmaceutical measures to limit the spread of Covid-19 will be provided for by the state government at the various venues and camps.

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